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ATHLETICS - National 09 Oct, 2023

Major General (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi becomes chairman of AFP
LAHORE: Major General (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi has become the chairman of Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) after enjoying a-four-year two tenures as the president of federation in the Elective General Council Meeting of AFP. Meeting was chaired by Mohammad Akram Sahi.According to a press release of AFP, the elections were held under the convenership of Brig Ghazanfar Ali (Retd), Chairman AFP Election Commission. The Meeting was attended by the affiliated units of AFP. The House unanimously elected the following Office Bearers for the next term of four years (2023-2027). Names of elected office bearers:Maj Gen (Retd) Mohammad Akram Sahi (Chairman), Nadeem Aftab Sindhu (President), Brig (Retd) Wajahat Hussain (Senior Vice President), Imdadullah Memon (Vice President), Qaiser Mehmood Khan (Vice President), Mehboob Dawood Vohra (Vice President), Saif ul Islam Afridi (Vice President), Nabeel Ahmad Rana (Vice President), Shahida Khanum (Vice President), Brig (Retd) Noureen Satti (Vice President-Women), Col (Retd) Shahjehan Mir (Secretary General), Shahina Ishtiaq (Treasurer), Husnain Syed (Joint Secretary), Nabeela Kamran (Joint Secretary-Woman), Asghar Ali Gill (Associate Secretary)Execute Members:Sqn Ldr Salman Choudary (PAF), Mumtaz Ul Haq (Islamabad AA), Azhar Samdani (Sindh AA), Rashid Mehmood Butt (Punjab AA), Syed Jamal Hussain (Punjab AA), Syed Zain Ul Abiden (AJK AA), Sikandar Mirza (GB AA), Seemi Rizvi (WAPDA), Salma Fiaz (KPK AA), Munazza Ayesha (Balochistan AA), Syeda Tahreem Jamal (PWAA), Humaira Mehmood Khan (PWAA)

ATHLETICS - National 15 Aug, 2023

“Run for Pakistan” Independence Day Races in three cities on August 14
Sports Bulletin ReportKARACHI: To celebrate the 76th Independence Day of the Pakistan “Run for Pakistan” races took place on 14th August 2023 in three big cities including Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad which saw an overwhelming response from both seasoned athletes and recreational runners. Participants were geared up in green and white, embodying the essence of the national flag. The event was not only a physical feat but was also an opportunity to connect with fellow runners internationally, fostering camaraderie and shared values.Sports in Pakistan proudly hosted a spectacular Run for Pakistan on Independence Day, bringing together passionate runners from near and far to celebrate the spirit of freedom and unity. The event, showcased the nation's resilience and determination while fostering a sense of patriotism among participants.In addition to the enthusiasm displayed by the runners, this year's Run for Pakistan drew a remarkable crowd of supporters, including families, friends, and local communities. Spectators lined the streets, waving flags and offering encouragement, creating an electrifying atmosphere charged with patriotic pride. The event united a diverse array of individuals, highlighting the harmonious strength that comes from standing together for a shared cause.Shoaib Nizami, CEO at Sports in Pakistan said:"We are thrilled to commemorate Independence Day with this extraordinary event. This event served as a celebration of our nation's freedom and the enduring human spirit. It was inspiring to witness participants from all walks of life coming together to honor the country we love. He further said that Run for Pakistan not only provided an opportunity for runners to test their physical capabilities, but it also played a significant role in benefiting the local community. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Special Olympics Pakistan, aiding their continuous efforts in making a positive impact within the area.’’Sports in Pakistan expresses its gratitude to all the volunteers, sponsors, and local authorities who contributed to the smooth execution of this grand event. Their dedication and support were instrumental in creating an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike. 

ATHLETICS - National 12 Jun, 2023

Athletics News: AFP selects 5 players for Asian Championship
Arshad Nadeem, Yasir Sultan, Shajar Abbas, Abdul Mueed, and Esha to represent PakistanSports Bulletin ReportLAHORE:-Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) has selected five players including 4 men and one woman for the 25th Asian Athletics Championships, scheduled to be held from July 12 to 16, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand after conducting the trials at Punjab Stadium, Lahore.According to an official of the AFP, Arshad Nadeem, Yasir Sultan in Javelin Throw, Shajar Abbas in 100 meters, and 200 meters, Abdul Mueed in 200 meters, and 400 meters, and Esha Imran in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters have been selected for international competitions after analyzing their performance in trials.The athletes showed their remarkable athletic abilities and wowed the judges with their performances. The athletes showcased their skills in various disciplines, including  100m (Men), 100m (Women) 400m (Men), 400m (Women), Long Jump (Men) & Javelin Throw (Men). After a thorough evaluation of each performance, AFP selected 05 athletes to represent Pakistan in the Asian Athletics Championships. The selected athletes include Arshad Nadeem, Yasir Sultan in Javelin Throw, Shajar Abbas in 100m & 200m, Abdul Mueed in 200m & 400m, and Esha Imran in 100m, 200m & 400m. To ensure discipline and high-performance standards, coaches Shajar Abbas and Arshad Nadeem will go with the team. They will train and guide the team to ensure the best possible performance.

ATHLETICS - National 08 Jun, 2023

Athletic Federation Pakistan celebrates Kids Athletics Day in Lahore
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Athletic Federation Pakistan (AFP) organized different athletics competitions to celebrate World Kids Athletics Day Kids Athletics on the directives of the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) at Punjab University (PU) Lahore on Thursday.Over 200 kids from different schools participated in the competitions, as the Mohammad Zafar, Secretary General AFP, graced the occasion as a chief guest. Salman Iqbal Butt, President Punjab Athletics Association, Shahida Khanum, President, Pakistan Women’s Athletics Association, Abida Tanveer, General Secretary, Pakistan Women’s Athletics Association, and Tariq Mehmood Sidhu, President, Technical Officials Association of AFP, also attended the event. Also, Professor Dr Zafar Iqbal Butt, Director of Sports Punjab University was also present on this occasion. The key objectives and aims of celebrating and organizing Kids Athletics Day were to ensure a steady and sustainable policy for the development of athletics and to introduce children to athletics at a basic level. It was also aimed to expand the sport of athletics for schools and all institutions that are interested in the well-being of children, to popularize athletics in the country and world, and to raise awareness about the importance of fitness and encourage people to get more involved in sports and athletics.The Secretary-General AFP appreciated the efforts of Mohammad Nabeel, Assistant Director Sports Punjab University, and the management of Punjab University for excellent arrangements. Gifts, T-shirts, caps, and certificates were distributed among the children.

ATHLETICS - National 28 May, 2023

Badminton News: Punjab Junior Championship starts in Lahore
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE:-The Punjab Junior Badminton Championship started today (Sunday) at Nishtar Park Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall in with collaboration of Sports Board Punjab (SBP). Dr Asif Tufail Director General Sports and Youth Affair Punjab inaugurated the championship.As many as 140 Male and female young badminton players from all over Punjab are participating in the U-15, U-17, and U-19 Single and Doubles events. Finals will be played on May 31, 2023 at the same venue.Results (Day-1): Boys’ Singles U-15 (Round-I)Ibrahim Khuram (Jehlum) beat Fida Hussain (LHR) 21-19, 17-21, 23-25Haroom Ahmad (Gujranwala) beat Roshan Nadeem (LHR) by 21-10, 21-17Abdul Muqeet (Chiniot) beat Mohammad Daud Ali (LHR) by 21-10, 21-13Danish Khan (LHR) beat Khuzaima Iqbal (Sialkot) by 21-19, 20-22, 21-17Mohamad Ismail (Layyah) beat Haroon Mudassar (TT Singh) by 15-21, 21-15, 21-19Mohammad Suleman (Attock) beat Musa Ameen (LHR) by 21-7, 21-7Haroon Rashid (LHR) beat Zubair Afzal (Sialkot) by 23-21, 21-11Mirza Ahmed Hafeez (RWL) beat Moeez Raza (LHR) by 21-6, 21-13Ibrahim Ahmed (LHR) beat Huzaifa Waqas (LHR) by 21-6, 21-1Hassan Rashid (LHR) beat Saleh Mohammad (LHR) by 21-10, 21-12Mirza Ahmed Hafeez (RWL) beat Abu Dajjana (LHR) by 21-8, 21-7Ali Haider (LHR) beat Fozan (Vehari) by 21-17, 21-19Boys’ Singles U-17 (Round-I)Zain Bajwa (Vehari) beat Hashim Ali (Sialkot) by 21-12, 21-16Hamza Waseem (Gujranwala) beat Mohammad Junaid (LHR) beat 21-13, 23-21Mohammad Bilal Shahzad (Okara) beat Mohammad Ahmad Gul (LHR) by 21-17, 17-21, 21-19Saim Ali (LHR) beat Mohammad Ayan (Okara) by 21-11, 15-21, 21-14Tufreed Ahmed Qureshi (RWP) beat Mohammad Soban Tauseef (LHR) by 21-7, 21-4Bilal Shabbir (BWN) beat Mohammad Raheel Ibtikhab Butt (LHR) by 21-12, 21-14Husain Shahzad (LHR) beat Mohammad Usman (Okara) by 21-4, 21-4Amer Hassan Janjua (RWP) beat Yousha Shahid (LHR) by 21-11, 21-5 Zain Bajwa (Vehari) beat Mohammad Wasik Ali (LHR) by 21-6, 21-4Zain Shakeel (LHR) beat Mohammad Abdullah (FSD) by 21-18, 21-8Mohammad Ahmad (FSD) beat Taha Yaseen (Lhr) by 21-7, 21-9Hamza Waseem (Gujranwala) beat Abdullah Faheem (LHR) by21-3, 21-5Mohammad Ahmad (Multan) beat Okasha Javed (LHR) by 21-17, 21-19Tayyab Subhani (LHR) beat Mohammad Irtaza Saleem (Gujrat) by 21-3, 21-8Men’s Singles U-19 (Round-I)Mohammad Ahmad (LHR) beat Abdur Rehman Yaqoob (Gujranwala) by 21-19, 12-21, 21-13Tahir Subhani (LHR) beat Mohammad Harris (FSD) by 21-13, 21-9Mohammad Ibrahim (Multan) beat Mohammad Shmyal (LHR) by 21-12, 21-4Mohammad Ibrahim (RWL) beat Abu Bakkar Afzaal (Sialkot) by 21-4, 21-12Usman Ahmad (Chiniot) beat Atta Mustafa (LHR) by 21-11, 21-14Mohammad Faiz (FSD) beat Ali Raza (T.T.Singh) by 21-8, 21-9Ihtisham Ul Haq (BWP) beat Mohammad Ahmad (Sheikhopura) by 21-18, 13-21, 21-18Rehan Ali (Sarghodha) beat Mutwassam Haider (Layyah) by 21018, 21-19Farhan Ali (Hafizabad) beat Zeshan Iqbal (FSD) by 21-12, 21-13Girls’ Singles U-17 (Round-I)Ramsha Faisal (Jehlum) beat Mariyam Fatima (LHR) by 21-8, 21-8Hamna Irshad (HFZ) beat Masooma Rashid (LHR) by 21-4, 21-6Sama Naveed (HFZ) beat Tasmia Qureshi (FSD) by 21-5, 21-14Amna (FSD) beat Fatima (LHR) by 21-13, 21-14Kashmine Nadeem (Multan) beat Fatima Ishal (LHR) by 21-6, 21-8Ramaysa Faisal (Jehlum) beat Noor Un Nisa (LHR) by 21-12, 21-14Sameen Faisal (Jehlum) beat Amna (FSD) by 21-8, 21-4Sama Naveed (HFZ) beat Roshan-e-Islam (LHR) by 19-21, 21-15, 21-16Areeba Butt (LHR) beat Humayal Aftaz (LHR) by 21-6, 21-6Falak Raza (LHR) beat Mahira Rashid (LHR) by 21-10, 21-16

ATHLETICS - National 28 Jan, 2023

Islamabad Run with Us: Marathon Race on January 29, 2023
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD: The 42 kilometers Islamabad marathon race will be held on Sunday, and will start from Trail 3 Islamabad Parking here at Margallah Road in five different categories including Full Marathon (42.2 km), Half Marathon (21.1 km) 10 km, 5 km, and Kids Fun Run. According to an official, Qasim Naz, Islamabad Run with Us (IRU) will organize the second full marathon (42km) in Islamabad on Sunday (January 29, 2023. It will be the second time that Islamabad will host such an event. The participants will run from Trail-III towards 7th Avenue and go Shakirparian and from the round-about of I-8 Bridge the athletes will come back at the end-point Trail-III Details of Categories: Full Marathon (42.2km): Both males and females over 14 years of age can participate. Half Marathon (21.1km): Both males and females over 14 years of age can participate. 10km Road Race: Both males and females over 14 years of age can participate. 5km Race: Both males and females over 14 years of age can participate. Kids Fun Run: Both males and females under 14 years of age can participate. Gathering Point: Trail 3 Islamabad Parking Full Marathon and Half Marathon Registration Time: 07:00 – 08:00AM Warm up exercise session by Alpha Fitness: 08:00- 08:20AM Race Briefing: 08:20- 08:40AM Assemble for Marathon and Half Marathon: 08:45-08:55AM Race Starting Time: 9:00AM 10KM Registration Time: 10:00-10:45AM Warm up exercise session by Alpha Fitness: 11:00-11:20AM Assemble for 10KM Marathon: 11:45-11:55AM Race Starting Time: 12:00PM (NOON) Cut Off (10KM): 1 HOUR AND 30 MINS 5KM Registration Time: 09:15- 10:00AM Warm up exercise session by Alpha Fitness: 10:00-10:20AM Assemble for 5KM Marathon: 10:40-10:50AM Race Starting Time: 11:00AM Kids Fun Run Registration Time: 8:45 AM - 9:15AM Race Briefing: 9:20AM Race Starting: 9:45AM

ATHLETICS - National 11 Jan, 2023

Commissioner Karachi Marathon Race on January 29, 2023
Sports Bulletin Report KARACHI: The 4th Commissioner Karachi Marathon on January 29, 2023, as the registration process has been kicked off for the mega athletic event. According to an official, the fourth edition of the Commissioner Karachi Marathon will be held on January 29, at Nishan-i- Pakistan Sea View. Commissioner Karachi Mohammad Iqbal Memon will inaugurate the marathon at 10 am at Nishan-i- Pakistan Sea View. There will be two categories of the marathon, the first one will be twelve kilometers while the other category will be a seven and a half kilometers race. Men and women of all ages can participate in both categories while special children and families can also participate in the marathon in a special category. The online registration for the Commissioner Karachi marathon has been opened at: https://commissionerkarachi.gos.pk/marathon-registration

ATHLETICS - National 24 Sep, 2022

Top national athlete Shajar Abbas wins 100 meter race
LAHORE (Sports Bulletin):-Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) and Aitchison Collage jointly organized 1st Aitchison Fastest Man Race (100m) at Aitchison Collage Lahore on Friday. According to an official of AFP, over 100 men athletes from the affiliated units of AFP including Army, WAPDA, Railways, HEC, Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Islamabad, AJ&K, Police & Gilgit Baltistan and student-athletes of Aitchison College participated in the competition. Shajar Abbas got first position and pocketed Rs. 100,000 cash prize while Nadeem Ali remained second and got Rs. 50,000. Uzair Rehman won third position and received prize of Rs. 25,000.  Secretary General Athletics Federation of Pakistan Mohammad Zafar and Principal Aitchison College Michael Thomson distributed medals and cash prizes among the winner athletes of event.

ATHLETICS - National 25 Aug, 2022

Arshad urges government to provide best facilities to athletes
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-The gold medal winner of the recently Commonwealth Games 2022, Arshad Nadeem viewed of that an athlete might win gold medal in the international competitions if he would be provided all international standard facilities. While addressing a press conference he said he could also win the medal in the Olympics if he would be facilitated well like athletics ground and other equipment. “I will work hard to bring the honour for the country in the next Olympic Games, which will be taken place in Paris, France, “he added. Javelin thrower Arshad urged the government to provide a fully-equipped and international-standard athletics ground for the local players and expressed the hope that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif would take steps for the betterment of athletic sports in the country. Arshad lauded Pakistan Wapda’s role in the promotion and development of sports in Pakistan and added: “Wapda is the biggest players’ support platform in our country. I am grateful to my department Wapda, which provides jobs to many talented and potential sportspersons of the country, who are trained well under able guidance of qualified coaches and later, they win medals for the country at national and international levels. I wish that the private sector too will continue to promote our local players and we will achieve more success in the future by working together. “I am also thankful to Nayza and its CEO Zahid Hussain for their support and training abroad as it helped me train well according to international standard and transformed me into a champion that’s why I succeeded in creating Asian record in javelin throw. With more such support, hopefully, I will succeed in giving my best in the world event and Paris Olympics,” he asserted. When asked about the facilities being provided to his counterpart Neeraj Chopra of India, Arshad said: “Neeraj Chopra has been enjoying the best facilities in his country and it was due to heavy investment on him that he had won gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics. After winning gold medals in the Commonwealth Games and Islamic Solidarity Games, I am now hopeful that everyone will support me too and my eyes will be on winning Paris Olympics gold,” he added. The 25-year-old athlete said that he was currently working on his injury and would undergo vigorous training before the Paris Olympics 2024. “I will prepare well for the Paris Olympics 2024. I am working on my injury and AFP President Maj Gen (R) Akram Sahi and other officials have supported me tremendously for that. The doctors have also done a great job for my recovery.” Commenting on his meeting with PM Shehbaz today (Thursday), Arshad hoped that the PM would take measures for the advancement of athletics in the country. “My task is to produce the best results in the mega events and thanks to Allah Almighty, I succeeded in winning gold medals in the two prestigious events. Now it is up to the government and the premier what they provide me for the preparation of upcoming Olympics. The basic thing I need is fully-equipped ground for my practice and training and I am optimistic that the premier would take an abrupt decision on it and provide us a state-of-the-art athletics ground soon.” Speaking on the occasion, Nayza CEO Zahid Hussain said: “Our meeting with Arshad Nadeem was held through Salman Butt and then we held meeting with AFP President Maj Gen (R) Akram Sahi, who asked us to fully support Nadeem saying he has potential and he can help Pakistan win international medal. First, we sent him Mashhad, Iran for training and then South Africa, where he trained for two months and then he went to USA, where he trained well. “I think Commonwealth Games proved a lucky place for him, where he finally won the first javelin throw gold for Pakistan. He was supported and guided well by Dr Ali Bajwa and then he managed to win another gold medal in Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey. Arshad is now our shinning stars and we are fully supporting him and want him to win more gold medals in world and Olympic events,” he added. It is pertinent to mention here that Arshad Nadeem created history in the Commonwealth Games 2022 for Pakistan as he clinched a gold medal in the javelin event with his record throw of 90.18 meters. He also clinched won gold medal in the Islamic Solidarity Game held in Konyo, Turkey.

ATHLETICS - National 23 Jun, 2022

Technical Officials Education & Certification System Level-1 Athletics Course concludes
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-An Educational Course, Technical Officials Education and Certification System (TOECS) Level-1 Athletics Course concluded on Thursday at Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex. Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) organized this course in the collaboration with World Athletics (WA) from June 18 to 22, 2022. Maj Gen (R) Mohammad Akram Sahi, HI(M), SI(M), President AFP and Vice President Asian Athletics Association graced the closing ceremony as chief guest and distributed the certificates among  the participants. According to an official of AFP, the main purpose to organize the course was to educate, train and increase the number of qualified technical officials in the country. International lecturer Suppiah Chinatamy (Malysian National) conducted the course. Mumtaz Ul Haq, Senior Vice President Islamabad Athletics Association was the course secretary. Syed Habib Shah, General Secretary, Punjab Athletics Association was the chief coordinator. The course will contribute a lot in the promotion of athletics at different levels and the qualified technical officials will be eligible to attend TOECS Level-II course. They will have chance to perform duties in the national and international athletics competitions. Names of participants: Mohammad Talha Iftikhar, Mohammad Nabeel, Maria Nazir Cheema, Aliya Noor, Ahmed Saeed Bukhari, Adnan Akbar, Altaf Hussain Shah, Asmat Ullah, Gul Rehman, Hafeez Ullah, Irfan Ali Rana,  Mohammad Adrees, Mohammad Afzaal, Mohammad Arfan Akram, Mohammad Nadeem Khan,  Rashid Mahmood, Sabir Ali Khan, Shah Khalid, Zia Ud Din Burki, Syed Fahad Shah, Shahbaz Ahmed, Zulfiqar Ahmad, Ahsan Ali, Abdullah Chandio, and Syed Zakir Shabbir
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